Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Today's weigh in was disheartening. I gained back the weight I lost last wee--less than a pound--but if I keep this up it's a fast track to no where. At this rate, I will not meet my goal of losing 3 lbs. this month. There's no doubt why--I've eaten more calories this week. The nutrition tracker is a very helpful tool, as long as you're honest about logging in every bite.
The previous week my husband had been out of town, so I ate smaller meals--lots more salad and vegetables. I love to cook, so as soon as he came home, I began cooking again. And even though I watched portion size, it was about 100-200 more calories per day.
My goal then for next week is to reduce the number of calories each day, and work in an additional 30 minutes of exercise.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Not a bad week, but I had hoped to lose more weight than I did--just 0.7 lbs, but it is moving in the right direction. It is still possible to lose 3 lbs. this month, but I'm going to have to do better. It's difficult to lose those "last 10 lbs." I've lost, and found, them more times than I care to remember.
Nutrition: I'm averaging 1,350 calories a week. I brought the carbs and protein into better balance by adding a soy shake for lunch. It tastes fine, but it doesn't settle on my stomach very well. Still need to increase fiber--averaging 21 grams, but I'd like to get it to 30. That's a tall order! I'm very pleased with the amount of cholesterol I'm eating--less than 100 mg. per day.
I've been light on the cardio, (again . ) but that will be remedied by getting back to my long weekend runs. I have to find a way to work them in even if the ground is icy or snowy--March 28 is "DO IT!" day--my first half marathon (Did I really say first? Does that mean there will be a 2nd?). Strength training is going well--at least twice a week at the gym and SparkPeople Boot Camp every day. Those short boot Camp videos are great
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I started the year out making a list of people and things I am grateful for. But yesterday I remembered that I missed a very important group--my neighbors.
We are always ready to lend a hand to one another when it's needed. The teenagers across the street have mowed our lawn, raked our leaves, and shoveled the snow without even being asked (maybe it was a hint that we should be taking better care of our property). And I've seen them helping the other neighbors, too. We hire them to dog sit whenever we vacation and can't take the dog. Whenever I hear disparaging remarks about today's kids, I remind others that the "bad" ones are the minority. Most teenagers are wonderful, even they can be trying at times.
Other neighbors welcome my intrusion into their gardens when they're in full bloom and share their enthusiasm, knowledge, and seeds with me. Sadly, I have a brown thumb, but green with envy at their botanical accomplishments.
Neighbors have also trucked away bagged leaves and trimmed brush--without saying a word.
They also keep an eye on the house when we're not there. Last year, a neighbor noticed a contractor working on the house engaging in non-professional activity and alerted us. One also called me when a contractor's truck was showing up at our house at odd hours when we were on vacation--he was supposed to be there, but we had forgotten to let the neighbors know. That really gives us peace of mind when we leave the house.
Yesterday was another good example. Our dog had major surgery on Thursday and came home on Friday. I spent a wonderful long bonding weekend with her, almost never leaving her side. She's able to get around, just a bit slower, and she's still just a bit unsteady on the stairs. I didn't feel comfortable leaving her alone on Monday, but I had to go back to work. If she had to go to the bathroom, she has to go to the basement to use her dog-door, and I was afraid she would fall--so I asked a neighbor to stop in once in the morning and again mid-afternoon to let her out and check on her. My neighbor offered to keep her all day at her house instead, so I walked her, her bed, water bowl, chewy and a couple of treats over early Monday morning. When I arrived home I ran right over to pick her up. The neighbor's house smelled heavenly--she had baked a batch of dog biscuits for my pooch. You can't find better neighbors than that.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
This blog is in response to the question, How does your significant other influence your eating habits?
My DH is THE model for how to eat responsibly and mindfully. I try to emulate his eating habits, but usually fail. So what makes him such a good role model?
For starters, he almost NEVER eats between meals. The rare exception is when we are celebrating someone's birthday in the office. And even then he'll take a piece of cake or a cookie, but bring it home to have for dessert after dinner. What will power!! I practically inhale the sweet treats.
He eats slowly and deliberately. He may be only half way through his meal while I on the other hand have finished my meal and have begun to clear my plates and utensils from the table lest I go back for seconds. I think my middle name should be "Hoover." He sometimes will make comments like, "Is that a touch of cinnamon in the sauce?" That's when I know he's truly savoring every bite. I miss all those wonderful subtleties.
A piece of fruit or some plain yogurt with a touch of honey and granola will satisfy his sweet tooth after dinner. I, too, eat yogurt and fruit for dessert, but I'd be lying if I said it satisfied my cravings for something sweet. Though I can get by adding a cup of herbal tea with some honey. I keep a stash of Hershey Kisses or other mini candy bars for when the cravings get extreme--I am very good at eating just one, letting it slowly melt in my mouth.
We share some good eating habits. We both love vegetables and salads and eat a lot of them without butter or sauces. We go very light with salad dressings--just a teaspoon or two. We also like vegetarian meals, and I try to work in tofu and tempeh once in a while.
Neither of us cares to eat at fast food restaurants or chain restaurants. Even dishes that appear to be healthy are loaded with more fat than I would ever use at home to make the same food. We rarely go out to eat except for special occasions, and then we indulge in fine dining where the portions are much smaller and the chef will cater to any special requests we may have.
We are both adventuress in trying different cuisines and foods, especially when dining out--we've had goat, ostrich, rabbit, venison, alligator, all types of seafood, sushi, etc. We really enjoy trying new things, and we have yet to find something we just couldn't swallow.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
It's been hit or miss for me as far as tracking my exercise and nutrition on SparkPeople. Much to my surprise, I finally have a full week recorded--hey, that's a streak! So how am I doing? Let's see . . .
Nutrition Report: Five days out of 7 I've stayed within the set range for calories, fat, and cholesterol. I've met the goal for fiber 3 times. Without eating high-fiber cereal for breakfast, I don't stand a chance of meeting the minimum. I'm a little high on carbs and low on protein. Eating enough protein has always been a challenge. I'm not a vegetarian, but I could easily go weeks without ever eating any meat. But eventually I miss a tasty burger or grilled chicken breast, or my favorite, pork.
Where can I improve? increase the amount of fiber and protein and decrease the amount of carbs.
How am I going to do it? Fiber: Sprinkle high-fiber cereal on yogurt. Add 1 vegetarian meal per week using legumes. Protein: Add a protein shake for lunch. Carbs: not sure how I'm gong to reduce. I have to look over the individual foods I've been eating to get a better idea of how to bring these into balance.
Exercise Report: Bootcamp video every day since it started on Jan. 4. Thirty minutes of yoga twice a week. I'm short on cardio--35 minutes on the dreadmill. Weekends I usually get in my long run; this week's goal is 10 miles.
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